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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My first ever doll on: August 16, 2006 09:37:37 AM
So, I made her for the Creepy Cute Doll Swap 2... just thought I'd share.

http://pages.stern.nyu.edu/~mh741/crafts/doll1.jp

http://pages.stern.nyu.edu/~mh741/crafts/doll2.jpg

http://pages.stern.nyu.edu/~mh741/crafts/doll3.jpg

http://pages.stern.nyu.edu/~mh741/crafts/doll4.jpg

BTW, I named her "Black Widow" hence the colors of her dress.  She's made from muslin (skin), red lining (probably synthetic), black lining, and black lace.  Her boots and face were painted on but everything else was either hand sewn or done w/ the sewing machine.
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Turn regular clothing patterns into patterns for dolls on: May 21, 2006 02:58:57 PM
I could swear that somewhere in the vast internet empire, there was a tutorial for turning your regular patterns into patterns for your doll.  I tried recreating them in illustrator, then playing around with the dimensions, but there might actually be an easier way.  Any suggestions?
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Felted Mint-Leaf bag on chocolate background on: April 25, 2006 02:19:44 PM
I just wanted to show this off...  I knit this bag for a Chocolate Swap, but since she's only going to see the finished product, I wanted to show it in the different steps.

First, I took a bunch of plain wool yarn and dyed it in 3 different shades of brown so it can have a variant effect.  Next, I put them into balls, pulled out leftovers of 2 greens I had lying around and more of the plain wool that hadn't been dyed earlier.  Next... I knit!

http://pages.stern.nyu.edu/~mh741/crafts/swaps/choc_swap1.jpg

http://pages.stern.nyu.edu/~mh741/crafts/swaps/choc_swap2.JPG
You can see the different colors better in this one.  I doubled up, so on the sides, I used the lighter two browns together and on the bottom, I mixed the greens again.  The mixed greens made the leaf look more interesting.

Next, I felted it,

http://pages.stern.nyu.edu/~mh741/crafts/swaps/choc_swap3.JPG

then added a brown lining (leftovers from making a doll for my niece ages ago).

http://pages.stern.nyu.edu/~mh741/crafts/swaps/choc_swap4.JPG

The zipper was compliments of my mother's incredible collection of stuff she bought, but never found a use for.

I think that I might have liked the bag better before it was felted, but at least now, it will be stronger.  Well, tell me what you think...
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Little Sea Monster made from Prom Scraps on: April 14, 2006 12:37:22 AM
So, I sent my little teddy bear away for the Little Visitor Swap 2, but something went wrong and according to the tracking, he's on his way back to me. Undecided  So, this got me to thinking that because my deceased grandmother made him, if he had been lost, I would have been devastated.  So, I made something new...

Introducing Ryuuko.  She's made from scraps I had sitting around 5 years from my prom dress, sequins I swept off of the floor 3 weeks ago, and some sheer material that came from a shirt my DD's will no longer allow me to wear.

http://pages.stern.nyu.edu/~mh741/crafts/dragon/dragon1.jpg
I can add real photos later, instead of these crappy cell pics.

http://pages.stern.nyu.edu/~mh741/crafts/dragon/dragon2.jpg

Some details...
http://pages.stern.nyu.edu/~mh741/crafts/dragon/dragon3.jpg

Fior the top, I just cut the fabric very close with pinking sheers.
http://pages.stern.nyu.edu/~mh741/crafts/dragon/dragon4.jpg

The naming was simple... I looked up "dragon" in Japanese and it translated as "Ryuu" in a kanji character.  My Japanese teacher said that by adding "ko" to the end of the name, makes it feminine.  So, I came up with Ryuuko!

Please tell me what you think.  it was my 1st time working with satin, so its obvious that I need work, but I would really appreciate your feedback. Cheesy Grin
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Suggestion for rules regarding 1st time swappers on: March 22, 2006 06:12:00 AM
I just participate in my 1st swap and I'm still in the probation period.  I did everything right, mailed on time, but in the meantime, I would like to join other swaps.  I imagine that this may be a problem in the future for other first time swappers.  If your organizer is bound by the rules that they can't give feedback until the partner had received their package, then can there be a loophole allowing swappers to join other swaps with the original organizer's permission?
6  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Vogue's Issey Miyake V2556 on: March 15, 2006 12:28:03 AM
C'mon.  It is supposed to be easy.  The most difficult part of the pattern is supposed to be the "fabric origami"-like assembly.

http://store.sewingtoday.com/cgi-bin/voguepatterns/shop.cgi?s.item.V2556=x&TI='issey%20miyake'&page=1

I'm jonsin' for this dress/skirt.  Anyone want to join me?
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First time felter on: March 12, 2006 11:06:00 PM
This was my first attempt at felting, so be nice, please. Embarrassed

After seeing this little guy in the knitting section (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=73528.0), I had to make one.  I did... kind of, but my felting was unsuccessful in the sink despite my extensive tutorial reading, so I put it in the wash.  Here he is:


I used some scrap wool/acrylic yarn and a felting needle to do the face.  My dog got to him for a little bit and he lost his ear, so I felted a new one on.  I don't think that it was too bad for my first try.  What do you think?
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Excess yarn + Flu + Spring Break = New Felted bag on: March 11, 2006 07:30:56 PM
So, sadly, here I am during my spring break with the flu.  While I feel like my chest is going to collapse at any moment now, that will never keep me from knitting.  I should mention that I went crazy before Christmas with my yarn purchases and consequently, I had a lot left over.  In fear of becoming my mother with closets full of craft supplies that were purchased during the Reagan administration and have not seen daylight since, I said, I have to get rid of some of this.  So... I kind of started making the Saucy Tote from SnBN, but around row 7, I just decided to play it by ear.  Thus,


Obviously it was way too floppy and I'm too lazy and too sick to line it.  So, while washing my sheets for the umteenth time, I threw it in there with them.  After using an electric razor to take off all the extra fuzz, I got this:


I'm happy with the outcome.  If course, I would be happier if I could enjoy te beautiful weather outside, but we can't have everything, can we?  So... what do you think?
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Need a good replacement on: March 11, 2006 02:33:14 PM
So, I just got the Loop-D-Loop knitting book from Amazon and I really want to make the Puff Sleeve Bolero.  Does anyone know any good replacement yarns for Needful Yarns' "Super" and "Extra?"  I'm a student on a budget and even if I wasn't, I can't find either of them anywhere online. i would really appreciate some assistance with this.
10  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / 3rd Time's the Charm... Hurry Up Spring Arm Warmers on: February 09, 2006 10:33:34 AM
So, I finally broke down and spent $18 on Noro Kureyon yarn and I finally got it right.  My first warmer was the 1st time I ever knit a gusset and I accidentally made a arm warmer that could only fit Lobster Boy.  I have to find it and post it into the Stitch and Botch section.

Next I used the green yarn I had lying around left over from some socks I knit for a friend.  They almost worked except that I accidentally knit to right hand.  I got so pissed I let my dog chew up the 2nd one.  Can you tell?



I finally used the yarn and I love them so much that I might use the left over yarn to make another pair. Roll Eyes
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